SAP Launches New Research Centre in Singapore

January 16, 2012 by SAP News 0

SAP Research Singapore will be one of its largest worldwide and will tap local talent to develop innovative technological solutions

SingaporeSAP (NYSE:SAP) today announced the opening of SAP Research Singapore, which will be among its largest research centres globally. Singapore will also become the headquarters for SAP’s research efforts across Asia Pacific and Japan.

SAP Research Singapore will address the increasingly complex challenges facing urban cities today, across areas such as transportation, logistics, urban management and sustainability. The research centre will employ around 60 research staff and up to 40 undergraduate and PhD student interns, with a focus on tapping the local talent pool.

A collaboration between SAP, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), SAP Research Singapore is also the first corporate lab to be established at the NRF’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Expertise (CREATE).

“Singapore has long been a great aggregation point for our world, a hub of trade and development representing excellence in urban management, transportation, logistics and in many walks of life,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, SAP Executive Board Member for Innovation and Technology. “This new research centre will be a hub where SAP and its partners, from both the public and private sectors, will develop and showcase latest technologies and innovation to serve Asia’s dramatic growth and subsequently bring these to the world.”

SAP Research Singapore intends to work closely with the Singapore government, industry partners and academia to identify opportunities and accelerate innovation and prototyping. A Living Lab facility will be integrated into the research centre to provide a collaboration platform for open innovation, allowing SAP and its partners to co-innovate, test and demonstrate innovative technology in real-world settings, turning prospective solutions into tangible experiences.

Mr. Leo Yip, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) said: “The SAP Singapore research centre and Living Lab will enable SAP to design, develop and test innovative urban solutions for global markets. By collaborating with public agencies, industry partners and universities here, SAP can work on real-life urban and logistics problems to develop relevant, workable solutions for Singapore, Asia and beyond. We are pleased that SAP has chosen Singapore as its Home for Innovation in Asia.”

Dr Francis Yeoh, CEO, NRF said: “NRF is pleased to have SAP as part of CREATE, an international research campus and innovation hub for top universities and corporations. The SAP research centre and Living Lab’s location at CREATE will allow it to collaborate closely with the other CREATE centres, as well as the local universities for mutual benefit. We look forward to SAP bringing in the industry perspective to research and helping to make CREATE a vibrant R&D hub.”

SAP Research Singapore will initially explore how the integration of real-time logistics information can enable shippers and logistics companies to better optimise service quality and process transparency, and support business collaboration. At the same time, in light of rapid urbanisation in the region, the research centre will examine how relevant apps and cloud services can potentially help governments and businesses to cope with urban growth while maintaining operational excellence in areas such as healthcare and public safety. Besides assessing the potential of new technologies for Singapore, the centre hopes to springboard innovative ideas from Singapore to Asia and the world.

“We are delighted to have the strong support of Singapore’s Economic Development Board and National Research Foundation. Our facility in Singapore will enable SAP Research to innovate hand-in-hand with the industry and public sector to solve real world problems,” said Dr Karsten Schulz, Vice President and Practice Lead, Business Network Orchestration, SAP Research. “The strength of the Living Lab concept is its industry partnership focus. This will drive practical, technology-based solutions which will ultimately deliver business value via productivity improvements.”

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About Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. EDB dreams, designs and delivers solutions that create value for investors and companies in Singapore. Our mission is to create for Singapore, sustainable economic growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities. EDB’s ‘Host to Home’ strategy articulates how we are positioning Singapore for the future. It is about extending Singapore’s value proposition to businesses not just to help them improve their bottom line, but also to help them grow their top line through establishing and deepening strategic activities in Singapore to drive their business, innovation and talent objectives in Asia and globally. For more information, visit www.edb.gov.sg

About The National Research Foundation (NRF)
The National Research Foundation (NRF), set up on 1 January 2006, is a department within the Prime Minister’s Office. The NRF sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise. It also funds strategic initiatives and builds up R&D capabilities and capacities by nurturing local talents and attracting foreign ones. In addition to co-ordinating the research agenda of different agencies to transform Singapore into a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy, it also provides secretariat support to the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), chaired by the Prime Minister. The NRF aims to: transform Singapore into a vibrant R&D hub that contributes towards a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy; and make Singapore a talent magnet for scientific and innovation excellence. For more information, visit www.nrf.gov.sg.

About the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE)

A top-notch international research campus and innovation hub, CREATE hosts the National Research Foundation’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) – an environmentally sustainable and energy efficient international research campus and innovation hub. CREATE houses interdisciplinary research centres from top universities and corporate laboratories, such as the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), the SAP Singapore Research Centre, as well as technology incubators and startups. Through their co-location, CREATE catalyses world-class research and the commercialisation of research outcomes. With the best minds from all over the world gathered here, CREATE contributes towards making Singapore an innovation-driven knowledge-based economy. Towering foliage pillars, verdant sky gardens, wall-covered solar panels, light-glazed windows combined with rainwater storage and re-use of treated grey water makes the laboratory facilities a showcase of environmental sustainability in the tropics. Located within the tropical garden setting of the new National University of Singapore University Town (UTown), CREATE is sited close to prominent research facilities such as the Biopolis, Fusionopolis and the Science Parks.

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